ERIC Number: ED291692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Feb-19
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Predicting Teacher Education Course Quality Effects on Elementary Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching Proficiencies.
Prater, Merle P.
The major purpose of this study was to produce a research method for use in studying how the inherent qualities of college courses taken during the teacher education years can be used to predict how practicing elementary teachers may perceive their later teaching proficiencies. The 101 teachers who participated in the study had collectively enrolled in 636 courses. The study methodology required the qualities associated with the 636 courses taken by the teachers to be defined and quantified. The course qualities were defined in terms of their humanistic-ethical, creative-aesthetic, scientific-quantitative, and vocational-utilitarian quality characteristics. The instrument developed for the survey consisted of 16 statements in sets associated with the four teaching functions of: (1) content/knowledge; (2) people relationships; (3) methods/procedures; and (4) professional orientation. One of the major findings was that the most disparaging correlations found were from the effects of an overwhelmingly large number of course hours and grade point average quality components accumulated by the teachers in the vocational-utilitarian course quality area. The findings are analyzed and discussed from the viewpoint of improvement of teacher education courses. Survey results are displayed on graphs and charts. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (New Orleans, LA, February 17-20, 1988).